Shaaz Nasir

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BMO meeting

In BMO, Economics Association, Globalization, University of Ottawa on July 29, 2010 at 10:16 am

I met with two great professionals at the BMO early in the morning, their portfolios cover Capital Centres and Mutual Funds among others. We discussed various subjects pertaining to the ESA which will be explained in further detail in the near future.

The point of this post is to remind me to update everyone when the time is right.

Enjoy the building where the BMO was located in, I must admit it was daunting at first.

Expect an official announcement in the coming weeks.



In Friends, Life, Lunch, Meeting, Tennis on July 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Has lunch with the Honourable Natalie Melanson.

Now I am chilling with the Honourable Natalie Melanson and the Respectful Molly Doan.

Will play tennis with Eric Eryou and the Gang in the Rain.

Great times!

Nothing meaningful with this post.

Peter just BBM’d Nat.

Good day.

Think the World Bank is useless…think again my friends

In Canada, Economics, Globalization, Ottawa, Technology, Women, World Bank on July 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

World Bank

“beware of the scary and evil place…no”

Although the responsibility of ensuring high living standards for citizens lie with the state, financial institutions can play a positive role in her assistance.  Many people have insisted that the World Bank is evil or can do absolutely nothing in terms of development. Some even argue that the World Bank is a direct threat to sovereignty of all nations and should be shutdown.

I disagree.

Indeed the World Bank has many opportunities to improve itself, but to label the institution as evil, redundant, and useless is simply not accurate.  Regarding the threat to sovereignty, if the World Bank seeks to increase the living standards of a nation’s citizen, through improvements in productivity and efficiency, it’s only strengthening the nation.

People bring up the dependant argument, which can be summed up as “the country will be dependant on the World Bank to succeed”. Far too many flaws render this argument useless; if someone is lending money, you would hope the borrower would work with the lender. Teamwork is not a bad thing. Oh God forbid, actual communication between the two parties involve in a financial transaction.

No one can legitimately argue that it’s better to remain a poor but “autonomous” state, than a robust and active country. International trade, open economies, working with international organizations is not being dependant, it’s reality.

Again I stress that the World Bank is not perfect and as they need to work on their own efficiency in terms of people management and  financial resources.

Let’s take a look at an actual project the World Bank has been working on with Bangladesh.

Female Secondary School Assistance Project

The project will support a major increase in secondary school enrollment of girls in about a quarter of the country by providing stipends for 1.5 million girl-years of secondary education, financing the cost of additional teachers required by the growth in female enrollment, supporting an occupational skills development program for school-leaving girls, assisting with a female education awareness program, providing a school-based water supply and sanitation program, and financing an institutional development program for implementation and capacity-building support to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) in the Ministry of Education.

That was the longest run-on sentence I have ever read.

I will showcase this project in the next post.

Check the blog tomorrow!

City Councillor Extravaganza Update

In City Council, Global Vision, Greeting, Meeting, Traveling, University of Ottawa on July 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

The meeting went very well as we covered numerous topics ranging from economics to human rights, the Councillor insisted that I am ready to represent the city of Ottawa. Encouraging words are always welcomed and needed.

After the meeting I walked outside and BAM, the march began so I whipped out the camera.

Hope you enjoy them!

Lets have a Quickie

In Canada, Global Vision, Greeting, Ottawa, University of Ottawa on July 27, 2010 at 7:05 am

Good Morning everyone

In preparation for the Asian delegation ( I love rhymes), I have been meeting with City Councillors in Ottawa. The goal is to understand how to represent Ottawa on the international stage.  So far each meeting has been very eye opening and informative. This will be my last meeting with a City Councillor before the trip and I have many things to discuss because…

Well I got to run the meeting is in 1 hour

wish me luck

Ottawa my home

In Blog, Business, Economics, Food, Global Vision, Meeting, Technology, Trailer, Traveling, University of Ottawa on July 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm

“When moving forward, never forget where you came from”

I was walking to the bus stop from work when I noticed how gorgeous the Hill was looking today…. so I  sat down behind the Parliament Library to type up this post…..

A few words on my home

Ottawa is a stunning city with the perfect balance of lush green and bold concrete. Despite traveling to many places and living in Oxford England, Ottawa is still home and always will be.  From the architecture to its history, Ottawa has a permanent spot in my heart.

People whom dislike Ottawa simply live under a rock or have deep issues that need to be dealt with. Yes indeed, the nightlife is not on the same scale as London or New Deli, but as a friend once told me, people who blame all their worries on Ottawa ….let them run to another city ….the same problems will pursue them, you can’t escape yourself regardless of what city you run off to.

After meeting countless City Councilors and business/educational leaders from Ottawa I am ready to represent my home in China and Malaysia.


In Business, China, Economics, Future, Globalization, Hong Kong on July 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

“Where worlds collide and something beautiful is realized”

Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading international financial centres, with a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation, free trade and minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism. The influence of Hong Kong is further felt through the HK dollar as it’s the 9th most traded currency in the world.

Furthermore, Hong Kong is the world’s eleventh largest trading entity, with the total value of imports and exports exceeding its gross domestic product. HK is also the world’s largest re-export centre as its economy is dominated by the service sector, which accounts for over 90% of its GDP, while industry constitutes 9%.

But lets go beyond the numbers and economic jargon.  HK is a place where traditional meets modern, the east meets west. The point where worlds collide and something beautiful is realized. Hong Kong embodies capitalism at its finest although there are issues in terms of income distribution, HK survived the world economic tsunami and is moving forward to improve itself.  Culture, history, economics …Hong Kong has it all and more.

I am proud to be apart of the Hong Kong Team heading to Asia in 6 days.

We will have lots of fun, lots of work,…and lots of success if we work as a team.

Find out more at

Countdown Starts Everyone!

In China, Film, Globalization, Trailer, World on July 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

6 days until Asia !

Check out this Asiantastic video

yes I said  Asiantastic

Beijing in 7 days !

In Beijing, Business, Canada, China, Economics, Experience, Global Vision, Technology, Traveling, University of Ottawa, World on July 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the People’s Republic of China. Its art treasures and universities have long made the city a centre of culture and art in China. The city is amongst the most developed in China with tertiary industry accounting for 73.2% of its GDP; it was the first postindustrial city in mainland China.

Finance is one of the most important industries of Beijing. There are 751 financial organizations in Beijing that generated 11.6% of the total financial industry revenue of the entire country. It is also accounts for 13.8% of Beijing’s GDP, the highest percentage of that of all Chinese cities.

Beijing is home to 26 Fortune Global 500 companies, the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris.Beijing is increasingly becoming known for its innovative entrepreneurs and high-growth start-ups. The culture is backed by a large community of both Chinese and foreign venture capital firms.

Halal KFC !?

In Food, KFC, Ottawa on July 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm

A while back we discovered a Halal KFC in Ottawa. They only have halal chicken pieces, but that’s a good start!

Now we all can have heart attacks at age 10.

I took an amusing picture while ordering, hope you enjoy it.

Good ol’ KFC man next to the Halal certificate….indeed it is a taste of time